San Ramon


Sports Basement Coming to San Ramon October 1st



Thanks to a reader for sending word that Sports Basement is opening a new store in San Ramon where Orchard Supply Hardware used to be in the Marketplace Shopping Center. They expect to open October 1st.

From their website:

We are beyond excited to open our 7th Sports Basement in the amazing community of San Ramon! This is an area we have been watching for a while and when the old Orchard Supply Hardware location became available we jumped on it.

We’re busy transforming the building into the lovable local Sports Basement our customers expect and can’t wait to meet all of our neighbors from San Ramon, Danville, Alamo, Dublin, Pleasanton, Diablo, Blackhawk and Livermore.

Pictured above is San Ramon’s new General Manager, John Courtney, who led our Walnut Creek store for the past few years. You’ll probably recognize him from the store or the Diablo mountain bike trails.

If you would like inquire about using our store’s community space or discuss other partnerships email Toni Lum who is in charge of local community outreach. If you would like to join the Sports Basement San Ramon team visit our jobs page to fill out an application.

See you October 1st at our grand opening party!


The Art of Survival Exhibit at Museum of San Ramon Valley March 12th – May 15th


The Art of Survival Exhibit:

The Museum of San Ramon Valley
205 Railroad Ave, Danville
Saturday, March 12th, 2016 – Sunday, May 15th, 2016

The Art of Survival: Enduring the Turmoil of Tule Lake is coming to the Museum of the San Ramon Valley

This Exhibit Explores the Only Japanese American Segregation Center of WWII

The Art of Survival: Enduring the Turmoil of Tule Lake, an exhibit that explores the experiences and events at Tule Lake, the only Japanese American Segregation Center of WWII, will be at the Museum of the San Ramon Valley from March 12th to May 15th. The traveling exhibition probes the complexity of this unique Japanese American confinement site, which was located in Newell, CA.

Tule Lake became the only officially designated segregation center during WWII and was ruled under martial law. This location was the largest of the 10 confinement sites and, because anyone deemed a troublemaker by the federal government was relocated to Tule Lake, it ultimately housed people from all sites. Many of the people who were brought in under segregation were people who knew their rights had been egregiously undermined and were willing to stand up to the injustice. Accused of being disloyal, in their dissent, they were ironically acting in the most American way. The incarceration of 120,000 people of Japanese descent, most citizens of this nation, was a travesty; Tule Lake was exponentially disturbing.
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Worth Ranch California BBQ & Saloon Opens in San Ramon

2410 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon

Chef Rodney Worth, owner of the Prickly Pear Cantina and the Peasant and the Pear in Danville, recently opened a new restaurant called Worth Ranch California BBQ & Saloon in San Ramon’s Courtyard Center. Check out their menu here. I tried the pulled pork sandwich with “napa cabernet bbq sauce topped with coleslaw on an artisan bun” and it was delicious! Being the coleslaw fan I am, even though the sandwich is topped with coleslaw, I chose coleslaw for my side and was not disappointed. The pulled pork was tasty as well.

From their website:

Worth Ranch, the newest addition to the Worth Group’s collection of boutique restaurants, is located in San Ramon, just 1000 feet away from the original location where the dream started over ten years ago. Worth Ranch is the first of Chef Rodney’s restaurants dedicated to his personal favorite style of cuisine-BBQ. He has been working for many years to perfect his rubs and slow cooked process for the variety of meats offered on his menu. From brisket, to ribs to tri-tip, Worth Ranch is Chef’s take on what he calls “California BBQ.” Because Worth has sampled BBQ from across the country, from Memphis to the Carolinas, from Austin to Kansas City, and everywhere in between, he thought it important for his menu to reflect his diverse tastes. And because his passion for fine food is a priority, don’t be surprised to see some interesting takes on tried and true favorites!


Pulled pork sandwich:


The Brass Door under New Ownership in San Ramon

2154 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon

Thanks to a reader for sending word that ownership has changed at the classic steakhouse and bar The Brass Door in San Ramon. According to a hostess there are no plans for changes at the current time but this may change in the future.

From their website:

In 1946 Howard “Shorty” Schlesinger opened the 8/5 club ( his favorite odds at the track) in San Ramon California , population 100. It was a small 6 stool bar and dining facility for 20 guests. He featured steamed beer and fried chicken, and a row of nickel slot machines. He served primarily the local ranchers, cattlemen, and travelers along “Highway 21” on their way to San Jose and beyond.

In 1955 his son Mick and local dairy man Dick Basso took over from Shorty and renamed the restaurant “The Brass Door.” They and the restaurant grew along with the San Ramon Valley. Today after several remodels and one fire, The Brass Door will now accommodate over 200 guests. We feature an eclectic menu serving corn fed Midwestern beef, chicken, fresh seafood, prime ribs, french dips, sensational salads, sandwiches and soups.

Prime rib is our signature dish and is served “all day everyday”. Our prime rib French dip sandwich has always been a guest favorite.

We have an extensive wine list featuring Livermore Valley Napa Valley, and California wines, along with full cocktail lounge.



V3 Hopfest Party on Sept. 19th in San Ramon


V3 Hopfest Party:

2600 Camino Ramon, San Ramon
Saturday, September 19th, 2015
12:00pm – 5:00pm | $35 ($45 at door)

Join us for San Ramon Valley’s premier craft brew festival after the ride. Not interested in riding? Not a problem, just join us for some fun at the Hopfest portion of the event. Weather is all but guaranteed and the beer and eats are unmatched!   Sample brews from 20 of Northern California’s finest craft breweries, savor the fine offerings from Food Truck Mafia and enjoy live music at our fantastic site in Bishop Ranch!

Hopfest runs from Noon – 5:00 p.m.

Tickets for Hopfest can be purchased as part of the bike ride (at a reduced rate) or you can purchase them separately ($35 prior to the event, $45  at the door). Tickets will be available ONLINE until September 18th at 10:00 PM, after which tickets will be available when the Hopfest begins at noon on the 19th.